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ISA TanTec opens first U.S. leather tannery operations in Vicksburg

  JACKSON — ISA TanTec gathered today for the grand opening of the company’s first U.S. leather tannery in Vicksburg. The company announced in May 2014 it would locate the operations in the Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex. The project, known as Mississippi TanTec Leather, Inc., represents a $10.1 million corporate investment and is creating 366 jobs. German-owned ISA TanTec ...

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Motorized chair maker to open Mississippi factory

PONTOTOC — Pride Mobility Products Corp., a maker of motorized wheelchairs and scooters, announced Wednesday that it will open a factory in northeast Mississippi. Based in Exeter, Pennsylvania, Pride plans to invest $2 million and hire 150 workers at a facility at the former Genesis Furniture factory in Pontotoc, which closed last year. Federal, state and local governments will give ...

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Tronox’s sodium chlorate plant to close Nov. 30

HAMILTON — Tronox is shutting down one of its two northeast Mississippi facilities, a move that will affect about 70 employees. Tronox says its smaller facility in Hamilton, which makes sodium chlorate, will be shutting down Nov. 30. Bud Grebey, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Tronox, says, according to local media reports, there has been a decline ...

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Union says wage offers by Howard Industries are too low

JACKSON — A union at Howard Industries, one of Mississippi’s largest industrial employers, is protesting what it sees as low wage offers in contract negotiations. Local 1317 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers planned a news conference Wednesday in Laurel to criticize the wage increases offered by the maker of electrical transformers. Union members have already voted down three ...

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Williams takes on role with State Workforce Investment Board

DENNIS SEID, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal After 30 years in the community college system, including the past 13 as vice president of economic and community services at Itawamba Community College, James Williams has a new job. Williams recently was named the executive director of the Mississippi’s State Workforce Board, and he hopes his experience in Northeast Mississippi will help bring ...

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Independent Roofing Systems, Inc. recognized

Independent Roofing Systems, Inc., 5090 McRaven Road in Jackson, has earned the 2015 Master Contractor Award from Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive product portfolio for commercial building performance solutions. From a network of more than 3,000 Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors, the Jackson firm is one of 256 to ...

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Mississippi drops 2 notches in CEO survey of best states for business

Mississippi landed in 39th place in the 2015 Chief Executive magazine survey of best states to do business based on surveys of chief executive officers around the country. The ranking represented a drop of two spots from the 2014 list. While Mississippi found itself sandwiched between West Virginia and Maryland, neighboring Tennessee landed in fourth place and Louisiana in seventh. ...

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Corinth Coca-Cola expands into west Tennessee

CORINTH — Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. has expanded its distribution territory farther into west Tennessee, officially entering the Jackson and Paris markets. The company already served Lexington, Tennessee. Corinth Coca-Cola’s expanded territory rights were first announced in April 2013. In a three-way deal, Corinth obtained distribution rights and related assets from Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc., which first received those ...

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Company: Natchez recycling plant to open in month

  MBJ staff and wire Company officials say Delta-Energy should start operations in Natchez within a month to five weeks. The company announced plans in February to open a carbon solids and hydrocarbon recapturing facility on 30 acres of the former International Paper property. Delta-Energy’s John Rollins told The Natchez Democrat the company has moved the equipment from its first ...

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